President Bush Tuesday vetoed the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations bill in a move that is likely to escalate the ongoing battle between the White House and Congress over government funding.
“The bill is nearly $10 billion over the president's request, and is filled with 2,000 earmarks,” White House spokeswoman Dana Perino told reporters aboard Air Force One.
She added that Bush would urge Congress in a speech later Tuesday to “take out the pork and reduce the overall spending level and return it to him quickly.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was quick to condemn the veto.
Just like I said the other day:
...veto all the unnecessary pork bills, even if you know they will be overridden. Let the American people see how many of these bills are being pushed through. When a bill gets passed right on through the average American never even notices. When they override a veto you can bet it will make all the news sources, especially the MSM (Democratic controlled Congress hands Bush a defeat on his veto...). Even though the veto did not stick, the bill is getting the press it deserves.